Betty L. Smith, 83, of Hume passed away peacefully with family and friends at her side on March 21, 2022 at 7:50 pm.
Betty was born December 31, 1938 in Metcalf, IL to Clarence and Glates (Canter) Murray. Betty married Marvin Smith on October 15, 1960, in Indianapolis, he survives.
Betty moved to Rockville, IN with her family when she was 6 years old. There she discovered her talent for music while taking piano lessons from Mary Brown. Later she learned to play the organ at the Presbyterian Church in Rockville. After graduating from Rockville High School Betty attended and graduated from Butler University with a BS in Education. She was also the accompanist for the Butler University Choir.
Betty started teaching elementary school in 1960 in Indianapolis, IN where she was a pioneer in the Head Start program. She taught kindergarten in Rockville, IN for 4 years. Betty and Marvin moved to Hume, IL in 1974 and she taught elementary classes at Shiloh School from 1975 to 1998. Betty, also, was involved in the music program at Shiloh as an accompanist for students in music contests and school musicals. She touched the hearts of many students throughout those 38 years.
Betty was a member of Hume United Methodist Church where she shared her talent of music as the pianist and organist. She was often found helping with community activities in Hume. Betty was passionate about reading, music, cooking, and knitting. She loved spending time with her friends and family. Her home and dining room table were always open to them.
Betty is survived by her husband of 61 years, Marvin, daughter Joni Smith and son-in-law Vic Wheeler, her second daughter Jackie Fahey, her sister Cathy Kelley, several nieces and nephews, and her dear classmate Barbara Hinshaw.
She was preceded in death by her children Ed and Jeanine Smith, her sister Shirley Clark, her parents, her grandparents, her Aunt Peck Canter and many dear friends.
At Betty’s request there will be no services.
Memorials may be made to Hume United Methodist Church. Joines Funeral Home is assisting the family. The family would like to thank Lincolnland Hospice for their care and compassion.
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